Klaus looks around as well, trying to find the enthralling and entrancing glow of the screens through one of the condensation-covered window panes. No luck, unfortunately, as all that seems to be in this area are grocery stores or restaurants.
He wonders if they should turn a corner or something, but he decides to try his current path. No need to stray and get further lost!
“I’m not currently, though I am trying my hardest to start one up! At the moment, though, the extent of my performing is on street corners and parks!
Or in the middle of a busy walk in town!
I do all sorts of things: acrobats, contortion, and even…”
He reaches into his sleeve and produces a large bouquet of fake flowers.
[ Madotsuki blinks at the bouquet of flowers, looking at them in slight disbelief. Where did he get those from? Had they been in his sleeve all along, just waiting for the opportunity to use them? Regardless, she smiles at him. ]
They’re lovely. I hope you get your circus started soon. I would like to see it someday.
Klaus nods, then begins to search for a store that might sell computers. The only time he’s seen one was in sector five, but he’s sure — positive, even — that one must be here. What a hassle it would be to have to take a train anytime one’s computer needed some minor fix or something…
“We should indeed. If only I knew where one was.”
He taps his chin and looks around. So many similar buildings, they sort of blend together. Even the new ones eventually shift into the pattern…
“Where… I wonder…”
[ Madotsuki keeps her eyes out for the fabled computer store, peeking around occasional corners and peering through the windows of shops they pass. She supposes that she should be grateful for not being bothered by exploring unfamiliar areas or places that change often, and she’s not particularly bothered by it either. It’s nice having new surroundings — new things to discover and witness. It’s interesting. And navigating the streets here would be much easier biking rather than walking, but she wouldn’t want to leave her new friend in the dust.
The girl glances to Klaus, trying to think of something to say. If she’s going to be forced to stay here — where ever this Hive City place is — she might have to learn some actual social skills, and she isn’t sure how she feels about that. ]
Are you… really in a circus?
[ They can make conversation about that, right? ]
“Well, I’m honored to have the title of first friend! Hopefully, you can find many others who would be as honored!”
Klaus grins at the umbrella, barely covering his head (and actually being more of a nuisance than a help, as it keeps trying to poke his eyes — but it’s a good gesture regardless).
“Where would you like to see the inside of? There are many buildings you’ve probably never seen before!
I, for one, know I never heard of a ‘computer store’ before arriving here! It’s astounding!
Have you been?”
[ She presses her fingers to her lips to avoid quirking a smile at his enthusiasm for going to a computer store. It’s so weird having someone to talk to. ]
I’ve never been to one as far as I know. We should visit one.
[ Madotsuki glances around before taking off in some direction. Since the buildings have changed — and there is also the fact that she’s never been here — the computer store could be anywhere. It hopefully shouldn’t be too hard to find it, though. ]
“You have one!”
Klaus spreads his arms out dramatically, jumping up from his crouched position, then flipping backwards.
“And a friend in a circus is the best kind of friend there is — because you get to meet all the other performers as well!
And what a group they are!!”
[ She blinks at him, and once again as he does the backflip. He’s in the circus…? What a strange man, if not kind.
Madotsuki sniffles, picking up her umbrella. ]
I think that you may be the first friend I’ve ever had then…
[ Is this how it’s supposed to work? You meet someone that’s nice, and they become your friend? She’s spent time with Seccom Masada-sensei in his space ship before it crashed, but he never spoke or really acknowledged her. Same with Poniko and the others. They’re not real anyways, so of course she can’t count them as friends. So perhaps she can count Klaus as a friend, even if they’ve just met.
The girl holds out her umbrella towards the man, offering him a little shelter from the rain. ]
We should get inside somewhere.
Klaus looks down, away from the girl. He reaches up and rubs the back of his neck.
She thinks she’s dreaming…
He puts on a slight smile.
“I’m afraid not, little miss… This isn’t a dream.”
Then he shifts his gaze back to her eyes.
“But many things that happen here are like dreams! Like, a flying boy in green clothes, or people who can use magic! Real magic!”
Klaus removes his hat and places it on the top of her head.
“And, as long as you make a bunch of friends, you’ll be just fine! This place isn’t so bad!”
No — no, this has to be a dream.
All I do is sleep and dream, and… and… I’m still in my real apartment or I’m falling from the balcony right now, I don’t know which one, and this is just another dream. None of this is real because that’s the way I like things.
[ She squeezes her eyes shut and presses her hands to her face, dropping her umbrella. Standing there, she does her best to drown out the man’s voice but she can’t help but to hear every word he says. This isn’t how things are supposed to be at all.
Madotsuki looks up at Klaus when she feels the hat on her head, balling up her hands and holding them to her chest. ]
I don’t have any friends.
“You may indeed! I’m all ears, little miss.”
Klaus kneels down so he can hear her more clearly.
[ An anxious look crosses her face, and she hesitates. Maybe she doesn’t want to know the answer to her question. Or rather, the questions that she has —but she has to know at least one thing.
She’s slowly been getting her doubts about this place. Nothing makes sense; it’s too different from her usual dreams. ]
If… if I pinch myself, will I wake up?
Klaus glances down at the girl, surprised. Most people would be scared out of their wits if something like that happened. He surely was!
All he could imagine was himself trying to do a planned out stunt, the buildings changing, and messing his plan.
But it’s good she enjoyed it.
“It was? How wonderful! It seems you’ve been given the perfect sector, then!”
[ She looks at him, eyes a bit wide. She’s still smiling just a little, and occasionally her gaze flicks back to the nearest building in case it decides to change again. ]
I guess so…
[ Absently, she twirls her umbrella and bites her lip. ]
Can I ask you a question?
“I’m from sector four. I come here occasionally to find my favorite restaurant, but it’s so gosh darn elusive sometimes!”
Klaus glances around.
“Oh, I suggest you look at the buildings. They’re changing!”
[ Madotsuki stares at Klaus for a moment. Why — she doesn’t understand why this is happening. Why is he talking to her? How can he talk even to begin with? No one has ever spoke to her in her dreams before… Is this even a dream? Has she gotten so bad that she can’t even tell apart her dreams from reality anymore?
The brunette nearly asks Klaus something, but stops once the buildings begin to change. ]
Oh — !
[ She watches them, marveling at how the different buildings replace the old. This is something that would be in her dreams — this is what’s normal, what she expects. Quickly stepping closer to one of the buildings, she reaches a hand out and touches the newly forming brick. This was previously a store of some sort, but now it appears to be some food joint.
The girl smiles faintly, retracting her hand and returning it to handle of her umbrella. If she gets to witness this everyday, she doesn’t think that she would mind her apartment being in this sector. ]
That was… nice.
“Incredibly so. Sector three is the sector wherein the majority of the crime occurs. Most everyone there has some sort of underworld connection.
It’s dreadful, really. And it spills over into sector four by means of brothels and such, so it would be best if you’re careful there as well.”
Klaus shakes his head.
“Why there needs to be a sector dedicated to crime is beyond me…”
Crime? This place is so remarkably different from what I’m used to.
[ Would she go out of her way to avoid those sectors? No, she doesn’t think so. This place seems so… normal that she can hardly stand it. She’s never dreamed about a brothel before as far as she knows, but crime… she supposes she’s at least seen a hit and run in poor Shitai-san’s case.
Madotsuki blinks, looking up at Klaus. ]
Are you from this sector?